Elon Musk isn't joking about sending a Tesla to Mars

Cesar Mills
December 6, 2017

The vehicle will then be put into orbit around Mars in its own little capsule while it belts out David Bowie's legendary song "Space Oddity" presumably to aliens to intercept. Musk expects his Roadster to remain in deep space for a billion of years unless Falcon Heavy blows up on its way to the red planet. SpaceX, Nueralink and the Boring Co. announced the plan over the weekend in a message to his loyal Twitter followers.

This SpaceX launch slated for January will be noteworthy for reasons that go beyond the payload, a cherry-red Tesla Roadster owned by Musk. It is scheduled to launch from the Apollo 11 pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, in a month. The CEO of Tesla Inc.

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A half-dozen Mars scientists contacted by BuzzFeed News declined to comment on the proposal, perhaps wary of antagonizing the rocket company they hope will someday ship their scientific probes into space.

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The rocket, which uses 27 Merlin engines (in three blocks of 9 engines), will generate 5 million pounds of thrust. In 2020 at the original SpaceX demo launch of the Dragon spacecraft, Elon Musk released a large cheese wheel in honour of Monty Python's legendary "Cheese Shop" sketch. Destination is Mars orbit. That date has slipped, not least because of early problems with the Falcon 9's engine cluster, and launch failures.

"Any time you have a new rocket launching, you're going to learn a lot", said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado.

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